Creditors and Bankruptcy/charge off/judgment

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Hello!
My husband bought a piece of land several years ago, which he ended up being unable to pay for due to being laid off (long story) It was on his credit report as a charge off for quite some time until he finally received a judgment against him earlier this year. We are in the process of declaring bankruptcy due to this because the charge off amount and the amount he was sued for was somewhere in the 100k. (The principal was around 80k, plus interest and fees) Now, looking at his current credit report, it still shows the original charge off amount as $80,310 and it also shows the judgment which is only $18,960. We are confused as to what the settling amount is. When we received the judgment letter it did state the entire amount of a total of about $100k, so why is the amount with the judgment so low? Does this mean if we pay the $18k he would be "clean" and it will be done? We don't want to declare bankruptcy if we can simply pay off the 18k (somehow) and move on.

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Leon Bayer
Leon Bayer  
Hi.

I'm happy to help you with this.

Here's my best guess. The judgment probably reflects the balance due after giving your husband credit for their resale of the land. I would guess the current amount due is $18,960.

Here's what I suggest. You contact them, and if the judgment balance is within your ability to pay, you can get it resolved. If it turns out to be more than you can pay, you still have the option to consider bankruptcy.

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